T-Mobile / Crossword Kathy →
Product placement? Ad revenue? After seeing the “T Mobile” title of today’s puzzle, you might be forgiven for thinking that Will Shortz had sold out. Of course, Will would never ask a cell phone carrier to sponsor a crossword. But he would use the company’s name as a hint for the theme answers.
Lawmaker proposes Pa. DREAM Act →
Illegal immigrants would qualify for the less expensive in-state tuition rates at Pennsylvania universities if they meet residency requirements included in proposed legislation introduced Monday.
Say What?! / Crossword Kathy →
My first reaction on solving today’s puzzle — Say What?! — was to ask the same of Will Shortz: What were you thinking?
1,500 Philly teacher layoffs on hold →
At a time when the school year is supposed to be winding down, the education debate is heating up in Philadelphia, where the cash-strapped school district continues to be the target of rallies, protests and lawsuits since issuing the largest number of teacher layoff notices in a generation.
Pullet / Crossword Kathy →
Today’s crossword was another puzzle in which the title was a homophone for the theme. “Pullet,” defined as a hen that is less than a year old, can also be heard as “pull it” — which is something you can do to all of today’s theme answers (conveniently identified by the asterisked clues).
NFL star offers surprise scholarships →
In the minutes before giving his first commencement speech, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick professed to be more nervous than before a football game.
Cagey Answers / Crossword Kathy →
Today’s puzzle was all about the title. “Cagey Answers” was so aurally clever that it pretty much saved an otherwise unremarkable grid. “Cagey,” though, doesn’t refer to birds or evasiveness but to the letters K and G.